Hearthstone beta opens in Europe to the sound of cards being shuffled

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Blizzard’s mighty CCG is out now; read our Hearthstone review to see what we thought of it.

At long last, those us of us without tables will be able to play card games, too. The struggle for many has been long: dinners have been eaten on laps, novel writing has taken place on knees, and cards have fallen on the floor.

With Hearthstone moving into open beta in Europe we can take one of those activities off the list.

“The wait is over: The Hearthstone Open Beta Test is now live in Europe,” write Blizzard. “If you haven’t joined in on all of the crazy card-slinging action yet, now is your chance! Pull up a chair and prepare to start casting powerful spells, summoning mighty minions, and dueling your friends in a fast-paced strategy card game for everyone.”

Blizzard are keen to point out that “Open Beta is still not a final release”. They “will be closely monitoring many aspects of the game to ensure a positive play experience for everyone.”

Another risk that presents itself for Blizzard, a problem that can’t effect your usual tabletop gaming fare, is that servers can crash. If that happens they “may have to temporarily disable Open Beta account activations until we’re ready to take on more players.”

You can download Hearthstone and start playing now.